Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has urged President Edgar Lungu to rethink his position and meet Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal whilst in India.
Mr Sinkamba says meeting Mr Agarwal through dialogue outside the court process will be less costly for Zambia as the country may be made to pay more if it loses the arbitration process.
He said dialogue between government and the Vedanta Chairman will help resolve outstanding issues between the two parties.
“The Arbitration process in South Africa and the Court case in Zambia can go either way but what is certain is that addressing the issue outside the court will help resolve this issue”, Mr Sinkamba said.
He said he does not see the ZCCM-IH attending the arbitration process in South Africa because they are already in contempt and anyone that will show up their risk being locked up for contempt of Court.
And Mr. Sinkamba said attempts by Mr Agarwal to engage President Edgar Lungu starting with the meeting in Lusaka and now in India is making up a case for arbitration which government must be worry of.
State House has clarified that President Edgar Lungu will not be meeting the Vedanta chairman, Mr. Anil Agarwal or his representatives as he embarks on his state visit in India.
In a statement from India, State House Spokesperson Isaac Chipampe said there has been numerous queries and speculation that President Lungu will be meeting Mr Agarwal and that he is here at the invitation of the businessman.
“As informed last week by State House, the nation is hereby informed once again that his Excellency the President is in India at the invitation of India President His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind.”
Mr Chipampe said President Lungu is expected to meet representatives from 12 Zambian based Indian companies and KCM whose majority shareholder is Vedanta, is not one of them.
He said President Lungu has already stated that the Zambian government will follow the Zambian people’s wish over the KCM issue.